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Central African Republic. A genocide scenario is not hypothetical (Georgieva)

Kristalina Georgieva traveling to CAR (Credit: European Commission)
Kristalina Georgieva traveling to CAR (Credit: European Commission)

(BRUSSELS2) A few days before the Summit on Peace and Security in Africa, organized at the Elysée Palace on 6 and 7 December, Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for Crisis Response and Humanitarian Aid, confided (on 25 November ) to the European parliamentarians of the Committee on Foreign Affairs how worried she was and also clearly engaged for United Nations intervention. B2 was there... About.

A tragic situation

 La Rcentral african republic « is a country that has been on the sidelines for too long”  regretted Kristalina Georgieva. "But what was a crisis has become a huge tragedy since the coup". On site, with Laurent Fabius, French Minister for Foreign Affairs, on October 13, she intends bear witness « of the tsunami of looting and people hiding from the armed groups attacking them” as well as common practices "violations of human rights, kidnappings, torture ».

The capital Bangui, a refuge 

For the Commissioner, there is a real gap between the situation in Bangui, in the Central African capital, where “everything is still in order” and the rest of the country where “the government has evaporated”.  Thus, the capital appears as " refuge for municipal authorities. Outside, “There are no more wages (and) services for the population boil down to humanitarian aid from NGOs”. The Commissioner pointed out in particular that “two aid workers have recently lost their lives”.

A genocide scenario is not hypothetical

Qualifying as “religious wars between Christians and Muslims” the conflict in the CAR, the commissioner thus affirms that"Un genocide scenario is not hypothetical”. For Kristalina Georgieva: “ The priority is security, which can only be rebuilt by increasing the peacekeeping forces on site to protect the population and which will help us gain access to it. ". She calls for " an international commitment with a United Nations resolution ", is " a roadmap for elections to be held in early 2015 ».

turn the tide 

According to her, the worst can be avoided: “ It's not a lost cause, we have the opportunity to turn things around." she thus affirmed in front of the parliamentarians, but only if there is a "an immediate mobilization (...)" from the international community. She places her hopes on the fact that “the country has not yet experienced religious clashes (and)  Chad is determined to help like other African countries”. We can " espérer “She considers a recovery of the situation in the image of Mali. “If the international community intervenes, we will experience the same turning point as in Mali. The prospects for elections will not just be a figment of our imagination”.  

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  • Le factsheet of the European Commission on the Central African Republic

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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